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November 2007

Viewpoint: Don't blame generation gaps for poor home security

Don't Blame the Old Folks I read most articles written by Bruce Schneier and Marcus Ranum; in general, they hit the mark and have a good understanding of security and the society in which we live. In this article (Face-Off, September 2007), I would disagree with their arguments. I think security is too complex today-- and the trend continues--to point the finger at ISPs or old folks. Yes, ISPs have a major role in this chain of services and security. Yes, the old folks will die, but will the bad habits die with them? I highly doubt it. I think there should be a concerted approach to security. Home users need more secure computers out of the box, reliable and safe connectivity and networks, but also more and better knowledge regarding their personal risks related to the activities they're undertaking on their computers and on the Internet. In other words, give them options. Let's remember that having better police, legal system or prisons hasn't stopped organized crime from doing what they do. Catalin Bobe, President, SecureBase ...

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